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Public Information Officer
Utah Highway Patrol
Utah Highway Patrol
The Spectrum, St. George - www.thespectrum.com -
Brian Bairett, public information officer for the Utah Highway Patrol, said the man is not a Utah resident.He did not release the man's identity because family notification has not been made."We don't know where his family is at, so that might take longer than normal," Bairett said. The man had identification from several states in his possession, making it difficult for troopers to determine which state he is from, Bairett said.He said investigators suspect the man was a resident at Iron County Care and Share.The motor home was in the right lane, traveling south at mile post 67 when the incident took place.Bairett said eyewitnesses reported that the man first jumped in front of a car that swerved and missed him before he jumped into the path of the motor home.Suicide is the logical conclusion, but an agent from the department of public safety will investigate the case further to determine if that was the motive, Bairett said."That's the common sense explanation, especially when he jumped two times," Bairett said.
Unsettled weather coming this weekend - Local News - thespectrum.com
"The speed limit no longer exists when it rains and snows ... drivers need to slow down," said Brian Bairett, trooper with the Utah Highway Patrol. Drivers should drive within their capabilities and should keep emergency supplies in their cars. Bairett suggested three tips for those driving in wintry conditions. First and foremost, slow down.Next, drivers of SUVs and 4-wheel-drive vehicles need to realize their limitations -- ice does not know the difference between vehicles and a bigger car will not handle slippery conditions well. Last, Bairett said cars should allow for a lot more following distance between themselves and the car in front of them.When conditions are not good, cars need additional space to slow down. Originally published Thursday, December 19, 2002
Bryan Bairett, Utah Highway Patrol, came before the Commission to present a proposal for Highway Patrol Officers to work extra traffic shifts in Iron County.
Woman rolls car in cop chase - Local News - thespectrum.com
Utah Highway Patrol Trooper Brian Bairett said while heading south, he observed the 24-year-old California woman traveling in a reckless manner around mile marker 65 and while heading into a construction zone, he clocked the vehicle at 102 mph. When the car was through the construction zone, Bairett had his lights and siren on and the woman sped up. "I got her pulled over and her story was really weird," he said."She acted like she was under the influence of a controlled substance." Bairett said he asked the driver who owned the vehicle and when she said a friend, she could not remember the friend's name.The whole time this discussion was going on, Bairett said the driver's behavior kept increasing in hyperactivity. "I asked her if she had drugs in the car and she said 'no'," he said. But he was unsure of the validity of her answer. He went back to his car to run the plates and found out the white Chevrolet Cavalier was an Enterprise Rent-a-car.The vehicle had been rented three days ago to a person who was nowhere near the vehicle. "I suspected it was a stolen vehicle," he said."I called for back-up and waited in my car until they arrived." Bairett said as the back-up officer arrived, he noticed the reverse lights flash on in the Cavalier so he told the back-up officer to talk to the driver and attempt to get her car keys. While the Iron County Sheriff's Deputy was speaking to her, she sped away across the median heading north. "She whipped across the south lanes of traffic and almost caused an accident," he said."She hit on the right side tires," Bairett said.Bairett said the extent of injuries is not known but she did have visible bruises and cuts on her face. Upon release from the hospital, the driver will be booked into Iron County Jail. Bairett said she will be charged with felony possession of a controlled substance, driving under the influence of drugs and felony fleeing.
Juveniles' apparent joy ride ends in rollover - Local News - thespectrum.com
Three female juveniles apparently took the car on a joy ride and crashed, Utah Highway Patrol Public Information Officer Brian Bairett said. "The girl named on the registration said no one was supposed to be in custody of the vehicle," Bairett said.They went over to one girl's mother's house and the mother called the police to report that that girls were in an accident, Bairett said.The driver had a laceration on her face and paramedics responded to the house to treat her.Deputies also responded. Because the accident took place on a county road, the Sheriff's Office performed the accident investigation. Bairett said that if a driver leaves the scene of a car accident and there were injuries involved, the driver can be cited for a class-A misdemeanor.Considering the fact the car was allegedly stolen, the charges will be much worse. "The registered owner said she did not give permission for the occupants to have the car," Bairett said.